Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her 16th birthday, she has become the secret wife of a... read more
“She looks like a doll, her eyes glassy within a sculpture of frozen contentment, lips slightly parted. Gently, I reach forward and close her eyes with my fingertips, hoping it will make her seem merely asleep. But the stillness of sleep is nothing at all like the stillness of death.”Elisa
“Honor from death,” I snap, “is a myth. Invented by the war torn to make sense of the horrific. If we die, it will be so that others may live. Truly honorable death, the only honorable death, is one that enables life.”Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
But the stillness of sleep is nothing at all like the stillness of death.Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
But that doesn’t matter, because God placing his stone in my belly was never about me.Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
He doesn’t love me yet, but in this place of death, in this precious moment of shared relief, he holds me.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
But with Alejandro, I always dissolve into a pool of weak helplessness. He is a good man, I’m sure of it. And so beautiful as to be dazz-ling. But I don’t like the person I am when I’m around him.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
“You, Cosmé, Hector, even little Rosario, were already willing to be heroes.” And Humberto, says a little voice in my head. “You didn’t need to be chosen. But I would have done nothing, become nothing, were it not for this thing inside me. So you see, God picked me because I was unworthy.”Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
He has the look of one with a mighty mind, whose thoughts spin hidden beneath the impassive surface.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
God’s will. How many times have I heard someone declare their understanding of this thing I find so indefinable?Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
Cosmé is the most efficient maid I’ve ever had. I tell her so, frequently, and it gives me such a twist of pleasure to watch her react to praise from someone she despises. The Scriptura Sancta calls it “the fire of kindness.”Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
He has redeemed his people, given them new life abundant My soul glorifies God; let it rejoice in my Savior.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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